Kitchen Pampering: Beauty uses for bicarb soda
I’ve always got a box of bicarb soda stashed somewhere in their kitchen cupboard, it’s one of those essential store cupboard items that I often use in the kitchen for baking, as well as cleaning the stovetop, deodorising the fridge, or removing build up from my cold press juicer. But it also has many great benefits for my natural beauty routine. So it’s not uncommon to find myself fetching it from the bathroom when I need it in the kitchen and vice versa. Here’s a few of my favourite ways to use bicarb soda:
1. Face mask
As a face mask bicarb soda absorbs oil and tightens pores leaving your skin soft and clean. Just add 1-2 Tbsp of water to 2 Tbsp bicarb soda and mix to form a paste. Massage the paste into skin avoiding eyes. Leave for 10mins, rinse with warm water then tone and moisturise as normal.
Bicarb soda is gently abrasive which helps to remove plaque and tartar build up on your teeth. In addition, it absorbs odours and neutralises toxins leaving you with fresh breath. Dip a damp toothbrush in bicarb and brush teeth as normal. Alternatively you can mix 1 tsp. of bi-carb soda in a glass of water and use as a gargle.
3. Hand Cleanser
A little pampering for our hard working hands never goes astray. I often find myself with stubborn stains from doing art or with dirt from the garden but with a little bicarb that hard to remove dirt comes off easily and leaves my hands soft and smooth. Sprinkle a little bicarb soda on your hands with some liquid castile soap and give your hands a good scrub. Rinse and repeat if necessary.
Combined with a vinegar rinse, bicarb soda cleans your hair beautifully leaving it soft and shiny. Bicarb soda helps soak up excess oil on your scalp and reduce harmful fungi which are both contributing causes of dandruff. Once a week mix 1 tsp. of bicarb soda with water and rub through your hair, making sure to pay extra attention to your scalp. Rinse hair and follow with a rinse of 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of water (multiply accordingly if your hair in long or thick).
5. Bath soak
There’s nothing quite like a long hot bath, especially one that leaves your skin feeling soft and soothed. A bicarb bath is definitely my favourite way to enjoy the skin softening and cleansing power of bicarb soda. It’s also wonderful for sunburn and mild skin rashes or bug bites as it helps to relieve itching and irritation. Add 1 cup to your bath water and soak for 20-40mins. For additional benefits add in some Epsom salts and lavender oil and you’ll be set for some quality pampering time.
Do you have a favourite way to incorporate bicarb soda into your beauty routine? Comment below to share your secrets.
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